Stuck in the Sixties

I think it’s time for me to admit that I’m stuck in the Sixties. While I do appreciate many of the advancements in technology that have been achieved since that time I also attribute some of those advancements to our way-too-fast-paced way of life. I guess I’m just getting old in some ways …

Now some people would say that, being 52, I’m really more of the 70s generation. I will argue that (in a friendly manner) til the day I die. I was eight years old when the Beatles came over and played on the Ed Sullivan Show. I saw both Sunday night broadcasts, the one from NYC and the one two weeks later from Miami. They were life-changing experiences for me, yes, though I was only eight. I started guitar lessons immediately and made up my mind that one way or another, I wanted to do what the Beatles were doing for the rest of my life. Of course my musical path followed a very windy course due to other musical influences that came after the Beatles, most notably the arrival of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Of course Mike Bloomfield, Johnny Winter and the Allman Brothers also had a profound influence on me. In the early 70s I switched over (but not completely) to the jazz camp, my introduction being John McLaughlin and the Mahavishu Orchestra, Chick Corea and Return to Forever, then going back to Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian and the great Miles Davis. But I’m drifting away, as I often tend to do …

The point is that I was influenced very early-on by the music, fashion and cars of the sixties.

Those things all influence me to this day and while I never achieved the “guitar-star” status that I may have been seeking early on, I’m still very happy to be making a living with my guitar. I still have a very rebelious attitude toward certain things, like working for someone else in a 9-5 situation–though I certainly don’t put anyone else for doing so–it’s just that I don’t fit into that and never have. I can’t even explain why. I also don’t go for phony people or things (I believe “plastic” is the 60s term for that) and at times have gotten into hot water in that area. Oh well …

One thing I don’t do any more is wear bell-bottoms because I don’t think I’d look too good in them anymore. I do still have my hair though and continue to wear it long.

As far as music goes, 1971 is about the last great year for me, though I’m not discounting everything that has occurred since. Certainly I looked upon Stevie Ray Vaughan in the 80s as a “musical saviour.” And there have been a few others like Pat Metheny, Weather Report (with Jaco), Dire Straits (not particularly the pop stuff, except for Sultans, but definitely Mark Knopfler) and I’m sure there others who I just can’t think of at this time.

So there is my little “rant” for today. Though I graduated from high school in 1974, almost everything that influenced me and my life occured between 1964 and 1970. No particular reason for posting other than it was on my mind. And it’s my blog, so I can post what I want (see what I mean about my attitude?). Now you have just a bit more insight into my crazy world, for what it’s worth.

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One Response to Stuck in the Sixties

  1. Craig says:

    I’m now 54 but I still feel the same way!